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The Veteran Support Partnership - Develop Event

Following the success of it's first event, the Veteran Support Partnership, in collaboration with the NHSBSA Armed Forces Network, are set to host a second instalment, the Veteran Support Partnership – Develop Event, on 09 September 2021. 

The event will showcase the development opportunities available to the Armed Forces Community. Speakers will focus on different elements of development, topics include training, military programmes, coaching and mentoring, and business ownership.

For more information and to register your interest, visit:

You can view the agenda for the day below. 






Neil Emery

NHS Business Services Authority




Darren Welsh

Building Heroes


Andrew Clark

Finchale Group



Military Programmes

Emma Morgan



Paula Molyneux







Coaching and Mentoring

Paula Molyneux

Veterans’ Employment Transition Support (VETS)



Business Ownership

Martin Wing






Partnership background information

In 2018 the UK government published ‘The Strategy for Our Veterans’, with the aim that every veteran feels more valued, supported, and empowered. Veterans and the Armed Forces Community currently receive support from various organisations, across public, private, and charitable sectors. The purpose of the Veteran Support Partnership is to support the delivery of the UK Government Veteran strategy by eliminating barriers to opportunities and inspiring the Armed Forces Community to reach their full potential.

The NHSBSA Armed Forces Network's first live event

The NHSBSA Armed Forces Network was pleased to announce the launch of its first live virtual event. It was delivered in collaboration with our newly formed ‘Veteran Support Partnership’. This consists of a variety of employers and veteran support organisations.

The ‘Support Event’ took place on 12 May and aimed to support the Armed Forces Community in aspects such as:

  • housing

  • financial support

  • mental health and well-being

  • fraud and financial crime

Stephen Downer from the Business Improvement Team at NHS Pensions explains:

“Armed forces veterans are often recognised for their wide skill set. Many organisations realise that ex-forces employees exhibit much needed cross-functional skills, notably team-working, motivating others, communication, problem-solving, organisational skills and strategic thinking."

“My 12 years’ service as a policeman in the Royal Air Force, and subsequent service as a Constable in the Metropolitan Police, provided me with the skills and values required for a seamless transition into the workplace in ‘civvy street’. However, for some, the transition isn’t as straightforward and being able to go somewhere for support and advice from people who understand some of the challenges veterans can face is really important.”

Although the event was predominately aimed at the Armed Forces Community, advice and support was pulled together to potentially benefit everyone. The agenda below lists the speakers across the Veteran Support Partnership that contributed to the event.

If you would like to broaden your awareness of the Armed Forces Community and the potential barriers they may face, be sure to revisit our page for details on further upcoming events. 

The agenda for the day

Time Topic Speaker
10am Welcome

Neil Emery

10:10am Housing Abigail Smith and Dave Fletcher
Armed Forces Outreach Service
10:30am Family support Tommy Watson
Walking with the Wounded
10:50am Mental health

Mel Maughan

Syd Niven
Northern Growth Academy

11:20am Financial advice

Chris Carter
Newcastle Building Society

Clive David
Newcastle City Council

11:50am Fraud and financial crime Sarah Blyth
Newcastle Building Society
12:10pm Question and answer